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Nearly synonymous with fine wine and all things epicurean, France has a culture of wine production and consumption that is deeply rooted in tradition. Many of the world’s most beloved grape varieties originated here, as did the concept of “terroir”—soil type, elevation, slope and mesoclimate combine to produce resulting wines that convey a sense of place. Accordingly, most French wine is labeled by geographical location, rather than grape variety. So a general understaning of which grapes correspond to which regions can be helpful in navigating all of the types of French wine. Some of the greatest wine regions in the world are here, including Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhône and Champagne, but each part of the country has its own specialties and strengths.

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the king and queen of Burgundy, producing elegant red and white wines with great acidity, the finest examples of which can age for decades. The same two grapes, along with Pinot Meunier, are used to make Champagne.

Of comparable renown is Bordeaux, focused on bold, structured red blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc including sometimes a small amount of Petit Verdot or Malbec. The primary white varieties of Bordeaux are Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.

The northern Rhône Valley is responsible for single-varietal Syrah, while the south specializes in Grenache blends; Rhône's main white variety is Viognier.

Most of these grape varieties are planted throughout the country and beyond, extending their influence into other parts of Europe and New World appellations.

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  • Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006  Front Label
    Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Faiveley Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006  Front Label
    Faiveley Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Dujac Bonnes Mares (1.5L Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Domaine Dujac Bonnes Mares (1.5L Magnum) 2006
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Vilmart & Cie Coeur de Cuvee Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnums) 2006  Front Label
    Vilmart & Cie Coeur de Cuvee Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnums) 2006
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay Clos de la Bousse d'Or Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006  Front Label
    Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay Clos de la Bousse d'Or Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
      Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
      Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    • Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006  Front Label
      Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
      Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    • Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tradition (1.5 Liter) 2006  Front Label
      Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tradition (1.5 Liter) 2006
      Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    • Delas Hermitage Les Bessards (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
      Delas Hermitage Les Bessards (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
      Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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    • Domaine Meo-Camuzet Nuits-Saint-Georges Aux Boudots Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006  Front Label
      Domaine Meo-Camuzet Nuits-Saint-Georges Aux Boudots Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
      Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • M. Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006  Front Label
        M. Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
        Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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      • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Pavie (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006  Front Label
          Chateau Pavie (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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        • Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape (3 Liter Bottle) 2006  Front Label
          Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape (3 Liter Bottle) 2006
          Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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        • Clos du Mont Olivet Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Papet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006  Front Label
          Clos du Mont Olivet Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Papet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
          Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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          • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
            Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006  Front Label
            Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau de Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2006  Front Label
            Chateau de Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2006
            Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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          • Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
            Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
            Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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          • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
            Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau Lascombes (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006  Front Label
            Chateau Lascombes (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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            • Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
              Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
              Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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            • Chateau Leoville Barton (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
              Chateau Leoville Barton (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
              Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau d'Issan (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
              Chateau d'Issan (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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